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Attitudes toward homsexual people: embeddedness with links to ATGL(S) and behavioral intentions

Participants were 112 undergraduate students (75 women and 37 men; M age = 22.1 years, range = 18-46 years). The majority of participants identified Latino/a (68.4%) and having friends (70%) or family (39%), known to be gay or lesbian. This study contributes to ongoing research to understand attitudes, attitude strength, and prediction of behavioral intentions. By establishing links with attitude strength, value-expressive attitudes, and prediction of behavioral intentions, my findings support the neo-functional attitude theory of the attitude objects value, and its expression varying in regard to the domain and situational expression of the attitude (see Herek, 1986). I used hierarchical multiple regression analyses to predict behavioral intentions with general evaluative attitudes being non-functional and ATGL scores being predictive of behavioral intentions with high embeddedness group. Attitudes are complex and may decrease toward outgroup members, when interpersonal contact exist. Quality of relationship and group identity saliency were not measured.

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